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Jessica Watson Jessica Watson i(A134827 works by)
Born: Established: 1993 Gold Coast, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Jessica Watson is a sailor, motivational speaker, and writer.

At 16, she became the youngest person to sail solo non-stop and unassisted around the world. She was named Young Australian of the Year 2011 and in 2012 received an Order of Australia Medal.

Most Referenced Works


  • For further information, see Jessica Watson's website,
  • Jessica Watson's achievements were included in the anthology Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. 

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Indigo Blue Melbourne : Lothian , 2018 13513009 2018 single work novel young adult

'Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown - the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex's classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn't care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.

'As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. A curious discovery leads to the beginnings of a friendship, but it's Sam - the sailmaker's apprentice - and his mysterious ways that capture Alex's attention and force her to question what is real and what matters most.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Older Readers
y separately published work icon True Spirit : The Aussie Girl Who Took on the World Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2010 Z1711443 2010 single work autobiography

'"When I was young I was pretty much afraid of everything. I wish I could say when it was that I went from being that quiet little girl, tagging along behind the others, to the girl who set off to sail around the world believing completely that with enough dedication she could achieve anything she set her mind to. Somewhere along the way I learnt that if you truly want to live life you have to get involved, pursue your passions and dream big. I don't know when that was and I don't remember jumping into the pool that day, it is just a story my mum tells. But somewhere between that moment and sailing out of Sydney Harbour on Ella's Pink Lady, I came to understand what Helen Keller said far better than I can - 'Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing'."

'These are Jessica's words, taken from True Spirit. In it she details the extensive preparation she and her team made for the big voyage, her journey and the battles she fought along the way - against sleep deprivation, gale-force winds mountainous seas and the solitude most of us can only imagine. When she sailed back into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, after 210 days at sea, she was cheered in by a huge crowd that included Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. To many, Jessica was our newest hero. She disagreed, saying she wasn't a hero, "just an ordinary girl who had a dream and worked hard at it and proved that anything is possible". This is her story.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
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